Wahconah football picks up 35-6 victory over Amherst


AMHERST >> Wahconah quarterback Will Genaway handed the ball to Tanner Hastings with 6 minutes, 24 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

He may as well have been punching out for the day.

Hastings rumbled in for a touchdown, and the Warriors starting offense didn't play another series, ultimately beating Amherst 35-6 on Friday in Amherst.

Hastings' score made it 28-0. He finished with 25 yards on just seven carries.

Genaway stole most of the early spotlight, though.

He finished 7-of-11 passing for 90 yards and two touchdowns, adding 23 yards and a third score on the ground to put Wahconah (1-0) up 21-0 with 5:13 left in the second quarter.

"He can chuck the ball. He's calm, cool, collected, he's everything a quarterback should be," Wahconah coach Gary Campbell said. "He made some nice throws, he made some nice runs, he's definitely our point guard."

He dropped a 10-yard dime to Conner Mathews to open the scoring with 5:33 left in the first quarter.

Connor Washburn caught Genaway's second scoring pass and ran the remaining yardage for a 45-yard score to make it 14-0 a little over three minutes later.

"We noticed one of the corners biting on a screen pass and threw it over the top of him next time," Genaway said.

On Wahconah's following drive that ended the first quarter and started the second, the Warriors played five downs.

Genaway started the drive with a 16-yard run then threw an incomplete pass. His one-yard run ended the quarter.

It should have been third down to start the second quarter, but both the stadium scoreboard and chain gang showed second down.

Amherst (0-1) stopped Hastings for no gain, thinking it had forced a turnover.

The referees called it fourth down. Genaway completed a seven-yard pass to Conner Noyes that did not move the chains.

With the four-score lead in the third quarter, Wahconah went to its second string.

Amherst still struggled to stop it.

Nate Zink capped the backups' first drive with a five-yard touchdown that made it 35-0 with 1:23 remaining in the third quarter.

Tim Clayton forced the only turnover of the game with a spectacular interception in the third quarter.

He dove to tip the ball in the air and caught it on his way back down as he was falling for his first career pick.

"I saw the guy running a wheel, so I took my route to go and intercept it," Clayton said. "It was just instincts."

Budington scored Amherst's touchdown on a 15-yard run with 1:57 left.

By that point Wahconah had turned its attention to Holyoke next week in Dalton.

"I think it gets harder. Holyoke into West Springfield, it just gets progressively tougher," Campbell said. "We gotta gameplan, we gotta do well, and we gotta improve."


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